Fairtrade fortnight is 22nd February – 7th March 2021. It is a campaign to raise awareness for the farmers and workers who produce our food. The theme for 2021 is climate change challenges. They are working in poor countries that have done the least to contribute to climate change and yet they are the ones facing the challenges. And these challenges will only increase as the earth gets warmer and the global pandemic continues.
Here is are 5 reasons why you should choose fairtrade.
Workers receive a fair price
This is probably the most well-known fact but that’s because so many workers across the world are treated unfairly. Unfortunately, it’s very common that people are expected to work long hours for very little money. Fairtrade supports workers to get the right standard of work through trade unions and to raise their prices. However, by choosing fairtrade, you are helping the world become a more equal place.
Some of the money gets invested in local products
It isn’t just the workers that benefit, their local community does too! There are investments in better schools, housing and medical facilities which are all essential in life. There are lots of lovely stories that I would really recommend reading about.
Creates a safe environment for workers
There are health & safety requirements to make sure that the workplace is as safe as possible. The machinery and equipment on site must be kept safe and if there are any hazards, to be clearly labelled. There are discrimination policies, along with a no-bullying/harassment policy and no forced labour/child labour. Additionally, there has to be access to clean water, rest areas and toilets.
Like I said before, often people have to work long hours with little pay but also in horrible conditions. Workplaces can be unhygienic, hazardous and with no breaks but fairtrade eliminates this.
They are taking significant steps towards sustainability
Part of the reason why Fairtrade is more expensive is so it covers sustainable production costs. Buying fairtrade doesn’t necessarily mean that you are buying the most sustainable option in the shop, it just means that it’s more sustainable than before and they are taking significant steps.
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Enables workers to have a better quality of life
With more money, they can buy nutritious food and live in a better house. They can live a more stable life and send their children to school, along with being less at risk of poverty. These are just a few of the benefits that Fairtrade provides for the people who produce our food. The next time you go shopping, think about making a switch to a fairtrade product.
There are lots of events that you can get involved in, during fairtrade fortnight, here. I’ve signed up for a few talks & the fairtrade quiz which I’m really looking forward to.
Best wishes, Cx